Choosing the right pressure washer for the job is as important as how you use it.
The right pressure washer will clean faster and more effectively. Key factors in
making your choice include:
Hot or cold Hot water pressure washers clean faster and better. If you’re
cleaning floors or engines with grease or oils, hot water is a must. You wouldn’t
think of washing greasy plates in the kitchen sink with cold water. The same applies
to power washing. If you operate cold water equipment more than a few hours a week,
you should closely consider the labor savings you could realize by switching to
a hot-water pressure washer.
Belt or direct If you’re going to be operating the pressure washer as much
as five or more hours per day, five days a week, then consider a belt-drive model
in which a vibration-absorbing belt connects the pump to the motor or engine. On
the other hand, direct-drive models, where the pump is coupled directly to the motor
or engine, are more compact and economical.
Gas or electricTraditionally electric-powered pressure washers are less expensive,
but are “tethered” to an electrical outlet. Pressure washers with gasoline-powered
engines are much more portable, but they’re limited to outdoor use.
In addition to these basic decisions, users should look for equipment that is easy-to-use,
safety certified, and efficient to operate.